The Extension Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Program invites applications for a short-term, full-time (1.00 FTE) Master Gardener and Small Farms Coordinator position for a period up to two (2) years. This position will serve both Tillamook and Clatsop Counties and will be affiliated with the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The duties for this position will be 75% Master Gardener and 25% small farms. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Program Leader and Regional Director.
As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research and outreach and engagement, OSU promotes economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world. This position contributes to the mission of the College of Agricultural Sciences, with principal responsibility for needs assessment, Extension program development, delivery, and evaluation, and for conducting applied research needed to support Extension activities.
This Master Gardener and Small Farms Coordinator develops and conducts educational programs and contributes to applied field research activities in topic areas of relevant to commercial small farms and community horticulture. The individual will work collaboratively with area agricultural producers, agriculture and natural resource agencies, and OSU faculty to plan, organize, deliver and evaluate educational programs and provide farm-related problem-solving services.
This position provides leadership for the Tillamook and Clatsop County Master Gardener volunteer programs. In this role the faculty member oversees volunteer recruitment, training and retention; organizes volunteer middle managers; and collaborates with the local Master Gardener Associations. The incumbent is expected to develop community horticulture classes in coastal gardening for the general public, for delivery personally or through volunteers or other collaborators.
This position also provides leadership for programming related to commercial and non-commercial small farms in Tillamook and Clatsop Counties. In this role, the faculty member will utilize farmer and community-based organizations in an advisory capacity to identify and implement educational programs and applied research to fit local needs, and collaborate with Small Farms Program faculty to bring programming into the region. This includes participating in Small Farms Program efforts including planning meetings, and contributions to web, newsletter and other educational resources. In addition, the faculty member will build community, agency, and OSU support for future expansion of Small Farms programming in the region.
Oregon State University is committed to practicing and delivery of tools for state-of-the-science interaction and engagement of partners and stakeholders. This faculty member is required to use modern learning tools, employ and practice engaged scholarship, promote integration of programs across disciplines that are demand-driven and use open source tools that continually align with innovation and shifts in educational program delivery.
Active and effective communication with staff and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position. This position will require traveling.
College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. Positions with primary responsibility for Extension and Outreach are likewise committed to learner success through programming appropriate for diverse audiences.
Oregon State University and OSU Extension Service are committed to maintaining and enhancing a collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity and equal opportunity. All employees of OSU Extension Service are responsible for helping to ensure that this commitment is achieved. This commitment includes, but it is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, this position will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that all people have equal program participation opportunities.
Typically requires Bachelor's Degree in field relevant to program focus. May require certification or licensure as appropriate to the position.
Bachelor's degree with academic studies directly related to horticulture, agriculture, botany, entomology, plant pathology, or a related field. Degree must be completed by application date.
Demonstrated teaching and organizational skills that are appropriate for adult learners and volunteers.
Demonstrated written and oral communication skills, including the effective use of mass media.
Demonstrated ability to work as a team member with other professionals and volunteers.
Demonstrated ability to lead groups and to plan, organize, evaluate, manage, and delegate details associated with program management.
General knowledge of computers, including proficiency with e-mail, social media, and blogs.
Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision and evidence of good time management skills.
Willingness to collaborate with and contribute to Extension programs beyond the assigned region of the North Coast.
Must have or be able to obtain an Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Consultant License within six months of employment and maintain it throughout employment.
Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq.
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends.
Ability to lift, carry and transport equipment and materials up to 40 lbs.
Travel is required.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with training, education and experience.
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